Flavors of the Avenue is one of the not-to-be-missed tasting events in Philadelphia. Sampling from over two dozen award-winning East Passyunk restaurants in one of South Philadelphia’s largest food festivals on Sunday, April 24th. Attendees were provided with a great mix of cuisine from upscale to casual, Mexican to Japanese. Access to the food tent for general admission was from 1 to 4 p.m. with unlimited alcoholic beverages including Victory craft beer, Troegs, EVO beer, and Sailor Jerry cocktails. All proceeds benefit the East Passyunk Business District public safety programs.
Renee Gilinger, executive director of the East Passyunk Business District, calls it a culinary trip around the world.We have a range of Filipino to Malaysian to really fine French cuisine to Italian meatballs and gravy.
Below are the amazing samplings offered at The 2016 Flavors of the Avenue 2016 (our favorites are **)
**Bing Bing Dim Sum: BBQ Pork Egg Roll
Birra: Steamed Mussels in Beer and Tomato Broth; Bread Pudding**
**Brigantessa: Lamb Belly Bruschetta with Olives and Pistachio Pesto
Cantina los Caballitos: Chipotle-cured Salmon with Sun-dried Tomato-Dill Crema on Crostini; Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Salsa Verde, as well as Lime and Cucumber Margaritas**
**El Sarape: Tacos al Pastor with Cilantro, Onions, Lemon, Salsa Verde and Salsa Roja with Corn Tortillas
Fond: Shrimp Ceviche with Avocado Puree and Tomato Vinaigrette
- Garage: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Bacon Lard (SOLD OUT)
**Ippolito’s: Crab Cake Sliders and Potato Salad
- **Izumi: Pork Gyoza
Laurel: Caramelized White Chocolate Pudding with Chocolate Cake and Dehydrated Berries
- **Le Virtu: Porchetta-filled Fried Olives
Lucky 13: Watermelon Gazpacho with Habanero and Cucumber Tequila; Caramel Bread Pudding
Mamma Maria: Handmade Turkey Cannelloni with Pasta Primavera
- Noord: House-Smoked Norwegian Salmon with Pickles and Remoulade
**Palladino’s: Insalata Russa with Peas, Asparagus, Fava Beans and Carrots
Paradiso: Cured Salmon with Citrus Slaw
Perla: Mango Curd with Crusted Almonds
**Plenty: Pork Rillette on Taro Chip with Plum Mostarda
P’unk Burger: Pulled Portobello Sandwich with BBQ Sauce and Cole Slaw
Saté Kampar: Achat (Pickled Vegetables with Macadamia Nuts and Peanuts)
**Stogie Joe’s: Meatballs with Toasted Bread
Townsend: Chicken Liver Mousse
- Tre Scalini: Tripe in Umido
Vanilya Bakery: Chocolate Chip, Mudslide, Banana Oatmeal and Toffee Cookies
**Will BYOB: Chilled Corn Bisque with Coconut and Puffed Wild Rice
The festival took place along East Passyunk Avenue between Morris and Tasker Streets, the tastings and VIP seating were set up inside a large tent as well as on the street with high top tables and live music. The local artists showcased included Brian LaPann Trio, MJ Nestor, and The Primaries.
From 12:30 to 6 p.m., a newly added segment featured displays from over 50 vendors displaying their wares, including Amelie’s Bark Shop, Old Blood Jewelry & Wears, The Whitman Fox Wares, Thom & Prim, West Oak Design, Wise Owl Shop, Jawn Prints, Common Rebels, and more.
Our shops are all independently owned boutiques so you won’t find this stuff anywhere else. It’s a really well run show and its one of our three craft shows on the avenue that we have and it fits in with our vibe here of things being local, handmade, unique and one of a kind.
Overall this event was a great time and we hope to attend next year. This turned out to be an entire day for us spent on East Passyunk and we are glad we got to sample so many of the different cuisines showcased here.